My mother-in-law just sent a couple of games for my son's birthday which were purchased in the UK. Every time we try inserting them in the Wii console (from US) the console gives a message that it is 'unable to read the disc'. Does anyone know if Wii games are region specific, rather like DVDs? If so, anyone with a solution!?
Yes, unfortunately Wii is region locked. But we can fix that :)
This program will make your Wii region free:
Let me know if you need any help, I can get very basic if you need me to.
If you decide you need help, I need your Wii's firmware version (3.2U? 3.4U?) and the name of the games. You can find your Wii firmware version by going to wii settings/console settings/ update console and see it in the top right corner. Do not update! Just tell what versiom it is, the lower the better.
I would not mess the Wii. It will void your warranty and Nintendo could lock up your Wii when you do a firmware upgrade. The two games you have sell for about $10 each used. I say it's not worth the risk.
Why would you buy them in the UK for a US console? Those games are easily available and dirt cheap in the US with the Euro specific wii games often being complete trash or going to be released later in the US anyway.
Also since they are PAL format you need a PAL compatible tv to watch them.
Also game discs are now having a stealth update system put on them meaning you will brick the wii. It's only a matter of time.
Just tell your mom in law to do some research and she would have known those games were for sale in the US and at cheaper prices in the US.
I bought 2 wii games when I was in Turkey. I want to be able to use them on my wii here at home in new york. I did not know when I purchased the games in Turkey that they would not work on my wii here. Is there something I can do to use them here? They are new and never been used.